Vulnerable Students Wellbeing and School Success
A variety of programs and resources are available to assist families in partnering with their local public school to support and improve teaching and learning.
VDOE, in collaboration with the adjutant general, the Virginia National Guard Family Assistance Center and other military authorities, provides a number of resources on children of mobilized military personnel for families and educators.
Project HOPE ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their areas.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 is a federal mandate that ensures school stability for children in out-of-home care. The act requires that the child welfare agency (i.e., department of social services, child-placing agencies, etc.) coordinate with local educational agencies (Iocal school divisions) to ensure educational stability for every child in foster care. The Code of Virginia was amended in 2011 to mirror the educational stability component of the Fostering Connections Act.
Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist. For students eligible for special education or related services, the Individualized Education Program committee must revise the IEP, as appropriate, to direct off-site instruction.
Under state law, the Board of Education, in cooperation with the Board of Correctional Education is responsible for promulgating regulations for the re-enrollment in the public schools of youth who have been in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. These regulations require a re-enrollment plan for each youth who is of school attendance age or is eligible for special education services.
The Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS) is a framework and philosophy that provides resources and support to help every student to be successful in academics and behavior.